The Heights | May 29, 2020

Today’s Inspiration – What Fear Can Teach Us

From TED: Imagine you’re a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates — but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.

Join us today as we embrace fear as a point of growth in our writing.

To watch Karen Thompson Walker’s TED Talk, click here.

Feature of the Day | @s.r._amelia

“I am so sorry for spitting rage
Shutting you out or cutting you down
I know it was an old wound darling
But animals are unpredictable in pain

You didn’t mean to rip the stitches out
Or know why they’re still fresh enough to bleed
But this heart is humbled and limping
I’ve offered her to others blindly

I’ve loved my way to the ground
Stomped in by bruising boots
Who mistook beating for planting
Who mistook chains for roots”

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